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Production

Bouncers

 

Company

Centre Stage Productions

Reviewer

Nadia Bte Ibrahim

Date

19/03/2005

Time

8.00pm

Place

Play Den, The Arts House

Rating

***1/2

Having a Ball

The bar is crowded with men and women, both sexes eager to have a good time on a Friday night. The drinks start to flow. Men, egged on by their buddies, gulp down glasses of liquor. The women, in the mood to party, strut their stuff on the dance floor as the men watch with growing excitement. This was the contemporary nightclub scene that was recreated by Bouncers. What made it more amusing was that the cast was entirely male.

The play begins by looking at both the men and "women" as they prepare for a night of loud music, vigorous dancing and a constant flow of drinks. The talented and highly energetic cast poked fun at both sexes as they fussed over their hair, clothes and clean underwear (for the men, of course). Cheeky songs and sexual innuendo served to draw much laughter from the audience. The cast also effortlessly displayed the foolishness of men's behaviour at these nightclubs. For instance, the men participated in a spitting competition where I thought that Lucky Eric (played by Francis Maston) and Judd (played by Peter Hodson) deserved recognition for their most disgusting spitting skills. It is true, as they say, that boys will always be boys.

The women, similarly, were portrayed as superficial creatures whose only concern was attracting the men using their looks and body.

However, the cast did not just stop there. As the title of the play suggests, they took on the role of bouncers, men whose jobs require them to prevent certain "troublesome" people from entering the club. It was commendable how the actors could quickly switch from goofy weaklings to intimidating and fearless bouncers while also revealing with convincing chemistry the tight bond that existed between these macho individuals.

This change of roles also brought with it a more serious side to the production. The bouncers are accustomed to the goings-on in the nightclub and have witnessed the less appetising side of the nightclub scene. Lucky Eric makes a couple of speeches where he laments the tragedy of young girls who lose their virginity to men in the clubs. His brilliant performance succeeded in evoking feelings of regret and sadness as he spoke of girls who were "eighteen going on to thirty because they felt they had to". However, though the bouncers were at times serious, they were after all manly men who enjoyed the sight of "milky white flesh" and had many sexual experiences to share with one another. This had the audience roaring with laughter as the men recounted experiences, which were more often than not unsavoury.

Lighting designer, James Tan, recreated the nightclub scene well, with bright, dancing lights providing the perfect atmosphere for a party.

Though Bouncers delivered an excellent depiction of the loud and raucous side of the nightclub scene, Godber's script only spends a little time on its ugly side. If a greater attempt had been made to show this, perhaps the production could have offered better balance of laughter and serious reflection. However, if Bouncers aimed to provide light entertainment to its audience, it undoubtedly achieved its aim as everyone who left the theatre had a naughty grin on his or her face.


"Everyone left the theatre with a naughty grin on his or her face"

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Ratings out of 5, based on Practitioner's Vision / Reviewer's Response: ***** = Transcendent / Rapturous;
**** = Crystal / Appreciative; *** = Transmitted / Thoughtful; ** = Vague / Unsatisfied; * = Uncommunicated / Mystified.